Originally Posted by rjmcinnis
I’m trying to decide between 3 subs:
Monolith 12” Sealed
I like the Rosenut finish of the HSU, the price/performance of the Monolith, and the App of the SVS. But I don’t know if the App EQ is really that useful if my Receiver already has DIRAC?
My room is 17x14x8, but no door that closes, it goes out to the hallway. I am planning on running 2 subs.
My primary speakers are REVEL F228s, and my Receiver is the Lexicon RV-9. The room is 50/50 movies and music, that’s why I am going with Sealed subs.
I am open to other subs if I missed something competitive and special against the ones above.
Thanks in advance!
I think that your question is more complicated than it sounds. First, yes, the ability to fine-tune your frequency response, post-calibration can be an asset. You don't need the SVS app to do that, though. You just need to have some user-programmable DSP built-in to the subs.
Second, if I were you, for 50/50 movies and music, I would probably consider ported models rather than sealed models. Good ported subs can offer sound quality that is comparable to sealed subs, for most listeners, while also offering much
more low-bass SPL and TR (tactile response) for movies. At 1900^3, your room is not exceptionally large, and the opening to the hallway won't be a major factor, but ported subs will be more versatile, in my opinion, depending on how much bass you are looking for.
I would consider the Monolith 15, or the PB3000, or the Rythmik FV15HP, if I were in your position. The PB3000 and the Monolith 15 offer both ported and sealed tuning options, so you could compare the ported to sealed modes to see whether you can hear a difference. (The biggest difference would be with movies, where the low-bass special effects would be much more dramatic with ported subs.) The FV15HP has two different port tunes, and no sealed mode, but the Rythmik ported subs are known for sounding much more like sealed subs than most ported subs do.
The sound qualities of all three of those subs will be slightly different, depending somewhat on your own listening sensitivity at bass frequencies. All three subs would be superior to the HSU subs, in my opinion. HSU offers some of the best values on the market, at their particular price points, but the subs I am recommending for you are not at that price point. They are better quality subs and will offer you more of everything than the HSU subs will.
All three of the subs I am recommending have received excellent reviews and have plenty of satisfied owners, so, it is just a matter of trying something to decide what you like. As you may know, SVS offers 45-day trial periods with free return shipping, so if you just want to try something at no risk, the PB3000 might be an easy way to try a ported sub in your room. I hope this helps!